Monday, March 31, 2003

Where's the Hugging?

Bush promised some hugging.

And there's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids on the death of their loved ones. Others hug, but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug, and that's me, and I know what it's like.

I wonder if he'll try to hug this man:

Suarez had shipped out for Kuwait and then Jordan last year, but returned home for leave during Christmas and New Year's. It was during this break that he and his girlfriend, Sayne, married. Suarez leaves a 1-year-old son, Erick.

While Suarez was a legal resident, he was not a U.S. citizen, his father said. "He was proud of being Mexican," said Fernando Suarez, who is a U.S. citizen and owns a small local newspaper.

The senior Suarez was angered by the news of his son's death and does not agree with the Bush administration's reasons for going to war.

"I feel both betrayed and proud," Suarez said. "President Bush has not demonstrated to me or to thousands of other people that the war is justified."

He wished that his son had died for something other than "Bush's oil.